London-based artist Rachel Jones, who received plaudits for an exhibition of work and works on paper final yr at Chisenhale Gallery in London, drew a really arty crowd final week to St James’s Church Piccadilly together with her new opera-based work Hey, Maudie. Commissioned by the non-profit organisation, The Roberts Institute of Artwork, the piece follows the character of Maud Martha—exquisitely sung by the soprano Gweneth Ann Rand whose dulcet tones even managed to quieten among the vocal infants current within the ever-so-attentive viewers additionally peopled with high-profile luminaries akin to Tate director Maria Balshaw, Hayward Gallery chief Ralph Rugoff and gallerist Thaddaeus Ropac who supported the venture. Jones co-authored the impressed libretto with the UK-born Ghanaian poet Adukwei Bulley, showing within the piece as an “intimate, inside voice” in keeping with the efficiency description. A transfixing choral ensemble acted in the meantime as Maud Martha’s conscience and soul, offering acceptable balm. “It was one of the vital therapeutic nights I’ve had in ages,” quipped one attendee who left feeling suitably soothed.